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NEOF Visitors’ stories – Saleh Aljaafari

Saleh is a PhD student visiting the NEOF Visitor Facility. His project aims to make the first genetic baseline for most commercial pelagic fish species and their preys in Northern Indian Ocean through the use of metabarcoding.

It is hoped that Saleh’s findings will give an overview of the current dietary profile of yellowfin and longtail tuna (Thunnus albacares and Thunnus tonggol respectively) and assess the potential impact of Indian oil sardines intensive harvesting in the tuna predatory preferences.

NEOF Visitors’ stories – Sophie Scutt

Sophie is a Civil Engineering PhD student working at the NEOF Visitor Facility. Her work involves investigating the presence of pathogens during urban flooding events in Sheffield. This work involves extracting environmental DNA (eDNA) from flood water and using metabarcoding and high throughput sequencing to identify the bacteria present. It is hoped that Sophie’s findings will provide data on the threats to human health in areas that do flood frequently, that will be useful in planning for and mitigating against such events.

NEOF Visitors’ stories – Alejandro Maeda-Obregon

To celebrate 25 years supporting UK science, the NEOF Visitor Facility has worked with current visitors to create four short films that highlight their work and showcase the types of studies we support. This is the second film in the series and features Alejandro Maeda-Obregon, a visitor from University College London, working on his PhD degree in Genetics, Evolution and Environment. Alejandro is investigating the use of molecular ecology techniques to assess biological communities from endangered freshwater habitats.

NEOF Visitors’ stories – Anna Jemmett

To celebrate 25 years supporting UK science, the NEOF Visitor Facility has worked with current visitors to create four short films that highlight their work and showcase the types of studies we support. The first film is by Anna Jemmett, a visitor from the Wild Camel Protection Foundation, the University of Kent and the Institute of Zoology ZSL, working on conservation genetics. Anna is investigating the hybridisation of the critically endangered Wild camel (Camelus ferus) with the Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus).